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UPPER DARBY , PA 19082-3135

Thomas N. Micozzie
Phone: 610-734-7626
Fax: 610-734-7709

1/24/16 12:30PM

Update from Mayor Thomas N. Micozzie, members of the Township council and Township staff have met several times over the course of this weekend to discuss the continual snow removal efforts. As mentioned in my update last evening a primary focus continues to be the clearing of intersections from the accumulated snow. Contractors with heavy equipment, such as front end loaders, back hoes and dump trucks will support the Township Staff with this removal of snow from some of the Townships high trafficked intersections.

Mayor Micozzie has driven throughout the Township to assess the snow removal efforts. Main highways and streets on the snow emergency routes are passable, while many of the side streets although plowed still have a layer of snow on them. While the sun is out, that does not automatically translate into safe driving conditions. The Township implores you to stay off the road ways unless you absolutely have to be out.

Residents and (more importantly) contractors are reminded NOT to push the snow back into the streets when clearing areas, this will only make driving on your street unsafe. We’ve had more than a few instances of commercial contractors plowing snow back into streets and highways. This is both dangerous and illegal. When shoveling please remember not to block fire hydrants or storm sewer drains. Keep in mind the good neighbor rule, do not put snow on your neighbor's property and if possible help those neighbors that are unable to shovel.

The Snow emergency will be lifted today, Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM. The Township did tow a number of cars from some, (but not all) snow emergency routes. The towing of vehicles became a safety issue along the routes as the snow began to fall. The Township thanks those residents who worked with us and removed their cars from the snow emergency routes. We also like to thank the residents who stayed off the roads during the emergency. The township had to tow more than a few cars that were simply abandoned in the middle of road ways.

While the clean-up continues I want to thank the Township staff from all departments [public works, parking, parks, electrical, administration, health, fire (including our volunteers), police, etc…] for their outstanding efforts. It looks like parts of Upper Darby Township received between 17 and 24 inches. While the snow removal efforts were outstanding, we acknowledge that every major storm event is a learning experience and this storm is no different. We will take what we have learned from this storm and work to improve the Township’s Storm weather response.

The Upper Darby School District will make an announcement in relation to the status of schools for Monday January 25th, 2016.

Normal Monday Trash and Recycling schedule is still in effective. The Township sanitation crews will make every effort to pick up trash and recycling, but this may not be possible in all situations. We preemptively thank the resident for their patience in the event we are unable to safely traverse the streets or common driveways to collect their trash and recycling.

A reminder: The emergency operation center (610.734.7700) will close today at 6:00 PM Sunday January 24, 2016. Residents can still contact the Mayor’s office at 610.352.4103